Endeavoring to create another hit fest
The ace director Priyadarshan, who made us laugh our hearts out with Kilukkam ,kept us wonderstruck with Kancheevaram, gave a tinge of pain with Chitram and Thalavattom opens up his mind in a chat with second year MCJ students Visakh M, Harishma A S, Divya Vasu, HridHya Menon, Beena Anitha & Haridas K. C.
Festival attractions and concerns
This years film festival will be indeed a memorable one as there are many attractions awaiting you. The most significant of those attractions would be a 2K projection system to improve the quality of films screening. Due to lack of sufficient funds academy could set up this system only in Sree Padmanabha. The festival which brings down films from across the world to our small state will be a unique one this time, that’s for sure.
Over the years, the festival has attracted an ever increasing number of entries and this time participation is at par with highly acclaimed film festivals. Another debutorial venture by IFFK is the “Cinema Market” to bridge the gap between the international film promoters and the film makers in the Malayalam film industry. Malayalam film industry has a rich culture and studies on it would pave a platform to reach the global audience.
Controversy is a part of the festival.Academy has solid answers for the controversies spewed at it. Every International festival has it own rules which are meant to be observed. As per the norms a film which participates in an A class festival is not supposed to participate in another A class Fest. Cannes and Toronto festivals too follow the same policy. This is the reason why the much acclaimed film “Adaminte Makan Abu” was excluded from the competition section. ‘Adimadhyantham’ which sparked controversies was dropped from festival as wrong affidavit was filed before the authorities. Academy cannot be blamed.
Priyan as a friend
I’ve several friends. The post of Academy chairman is indeed a threat to my friendship which I’ve carried over the years. For instance my close friend Santhosh Sivan’s ‘Urumi’ is not included in the competition section. Since he is aware of the technical issues involved, it didn’t create any problem. But there are people who interpret such actions wrongly.
Bolly vs Molly
With a mischievous smile on his face Priyan adds, they have money but we don’t. We cannot make films with all the splendour and glory we see in Bollywood movies due to shortage of funds. Bollywood actors are nowhere in comparison with Mollywood. Bollywood celebrities need grooming sessions before a film whereas in Mollywood acting comes naturally. Sharukh Khan and Akshay Kumar belongs to this category but he was all praise for Naseeruddin Shah and Paresh Rawal. The number of national film awards this small state has bagged so far makes one wonder about the magnitude of talent in Kerala.
The Academy Chairman –Priyadarshan
Sitting in chair all day irks me as I used to run around the locations so much for work. To avoid discomfort I walk around my room and balcony in the office, adds Priyan with a smile. Despite all these I am enjoying the job entrusted upon me. Besides Cinema I’ve a genuine interest in playing and watching cricket.
About the Santosh Pandit Factor Priyan comments that the unexpected crowd puller is being mocked by the audience and its in no way a scoff at Malayalam Cinema. If we continually make such films, the movie goers will set the theatres ablaze.
Newest from Priyan…
The magical duo Mohanlal and Priyadarshan teams up again for ‘Arabiyum Ottakavum P Madhavan Nayarum’. The film is a comical satire ,something for the audience to laugh their hearts out. I’m interested in all types of films and I love experimenting. I’ve done with films catering to different subjects. My next venture deals with the angst of eight people going for blood test. AIDS is the theme of the film. Signs off Priyan.